Removing URLs from Google

Removing URLs from Google

This is something Google doesn’t particularly want to do. If you’re in the United States, it’s even harder to remove URLs from Google than in Europe. That’s because in May 2014, The European Court of Justice created a ruling known as “The Right to be Forgotten” which allows individuals to remove one or more URLs from Google for certain reasons. Google has to issue a transparency report that provides data on the requests for removal and its actions on them. According to ZDNet, “[Google] has now received a total of 654,808 requests to remove 2,436,788 URLs. However Google has only delisted 43.3 percent of the URLs it has reviewed.” Many of these requests are coming from law firms and reputation management companies. The struggle to remove URLs from Google is a case of privacy over the public’s right to know with Google strongly believing that the public has a right to know all.